This is the moment flames leap from a plane’s engine shortly after takeoff in Lanzarote after a bird flew into one of the two engines, forcing an emergency landing on another island.
The Condor airlines flight was departing from Cesar Manrique-Lanzarote Airport on the island of Lanzarote in the Spanish Canary Islands and was destined for the German city of Hamburg on 7th January.
The Boeing 757-330, with the flight number DE1439, took off from Arrecife in Lanzarote at 1.58pm and immediately experienced an engine problem.
One passenger filmed the flames leaping from the engine shortly after takeoff. People on the ground also reported seeing the fire and hearing a loud roaring sound.
Enrique Espinosa, manager of the Lanzarote Emergency Services Consortium, told Television Canaria that the incident occurred when a bird flew into the engine.
The pilot on the Condor airlines flight told passengers that they would have to make an unscheduled landing in the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
The pilot was ready to return to the departure airport but was instructed by air traffic control to proceed to Fuerteventura.
Air traffic control said on Twitter that the reason for flying on to Fuerteventura was “probably” due to the longer runway of just over 1 kilometre.
Other sources specified that it may have been due to Fuerteventura having fewer obstacles than Lanzarote, such as mountains in the vicinity around the airport in case the plane needed to turn around again to return to the air.
The flight landed in Fuerteventura without further setback, and all the passengers were transferred to another plane and headed home to Hamburg safely.